BOSTON, Massachusetts — Melanoma Foundation of New England, a non-profit aimed at reducing the incidence of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, has announced that it is offering cities, non-profits and private businesses the opportunity to obtain weather resistant, low maintenance sunscreen dispensing units for the benefit of their communities.
A limited number are available for free to municipalities and non-profits that apply via an online RFP process, and any public or private organization can purchase dispensers for their use or as a donation. This sunscreen distribution program, called Practice Safe Skin, offers an effective preventive measure to help visitors avoid sun over-exposure year round in public and private recreation areas including playgrounds, ski areas, beaches, civic buildings and amusement parks.
The RFP process for municipalities and non-profits runs Jan. 4-March 30, with priority given to New England-based organizations in the first round. Businesses and organizations seeking to purchase units can apply online throughout the spring. All public and private units to be installed by spring/summer 2016.
According to Deb Girard, Executive Director of MFNE, “Our pilot program this past summer to install sunscreen dispensers within the City of Boston and on Massachusetts state beaches was a huge success. We are thrilled to be able to expand on that program and offer these sunscreen units for public and private distribution throughout New England and beyond.” She added, “We hope these bright yellow sunscreen dispensers will become as ubiquitous as hand sanitizer over the next few years in businesses and recreation areas across the country.”
Following the success of the pilot program, the Practice Safe Skin initiative is expanding to give cities and businesses across the country the ability to offer this public safety program. MFNE will continue to donate free sunscreen dispensers to the City of Boston and the Massachusetts Department of Recreation for state beaches in 2016.
Sunscreen dispensers hold a 1000 mL bag of sunscreen, for 670 applications per bag. The all-natural SPF-30 sunscreen is safe for people aged 6-months and up with an all-natural blend of 6% zinc and 6% titanium. All of the ingredients will be printed on the machines upon installation, and are available upon request.
MFNE is subsidizing the cost and procurement of the free public units through private and corporate sponsorship donations, and funds raised by MFNE’s Running for Cover, one of the Boston Athletic Association’s® Official Charity Teams for the Boston Marathon. MFNE is also using this platform to expand their year-round public education programs aimed at melanoma prevention and detection. MBC is the New England provider of state-of-the-art automated sunscreen dispenser units. Since 2014 MBC has worked to place sunscreen-dispensing devices across high-traffic areas in New Hampshire including public parks and beaches.
About the Melanoma Foundation of New England
The Melanoma Foundation of New England was founded in 1999 by Mel and Marilyn Rubin in memory of their son Mark who lost his battle with the melanoma. MFNE’s mission is to reduce the incidence of melanoma in the New England region. We provide a variety of educational programs targeting the prevention and early detection of skin cancer and melanoma for both children and adults. MFNE also assists patients and their caregivers struggling with melanoma by offering support groups, educational programs, and Billy’s Buddies, a one